Welcome to the Eccles Community Art Center. We hope that you enjoy both the art displayed here and our historic home. If you have any questions concerning the Art Center, its programs or our historic home, please ask the staff person on duty for more information.
SELF GUIDED TOUR:
Please remember to walk quietly and carefully (do not run). The rooms that were bedrooms are now offices where people are working; so please speak softly. You may look in whenever a door is open.
Please also remember not to touch the works of art. Many of them cannot be repaired or replaced.
To help you look carefully at this beautiful mansion, answer as many of these questions as you can:
1. When the sun shines through most of our windows, rainbows appear on the walls and the floor. What makes the rainbow happen?
2. One of the fireplaces has a window where a chimney usually is. Where is the chimney for this fireplace?
3. Wood floors like the one in the dining room are called parquet (pronounced par-kay) floors. How many pieces of wood would you guess are in this floor?
4. There used to be a fireplace in the dining room. Where was it?
Today, railings on stairways are about 42” high.
a. How high do you think the railing on the stair is?
b. Why were railings lower 100 years ago?
The balconies of the Art Center are not open to the public. See if you can answer these questions about them:
6. What is different about the arch that you can see though the glass doors at the end of the hall? Draw a picture of the arch.
7. What reason is there for the balcony over the stairs?
8. Another way to think of a skylight is as a window in the ceiling.
a. What kind of glass is used in the skylight in the hall?
b. Why did the planner of the house want a window in the ceiling there?
9. One of the pictures in the ballrooms is of three ships.
a. Where is the picture and of what is it made?
b. Can you name these three ships?
10. There is a funny nook in the corner of the ballroom. What is the reason for this nook?
11. The exterior (outside) of the house is made of brick and red stone. What is the name of the red stone?
12. Along the way, you have passed many works of art. Which one will you remember?
The house was built in 1893 for James C. Armstrong. It was bought in 1896 by David Eccles for his wife Bertha. The house was the Eccles family home until 1948. Mrs. Eccles suggested before her death in 1935 that the house might be used as a women’s dormitory for Weber College, which at that time was located on an LDS Church owned campus, one block north. The house was used as Bertha Eccles Hall until the College moved to Harrison Boulevard. The house was left vacant until the Ogden Community Arts Council approached the LDS Church and asked that the building be made available for use as a community arts center. The deed was transferred and the building dedicated as the Bertha Eccles Community Art Center in 1959. The name of the center was changed to the Eccles Community Art Center in 1976. The house is listed on the local, state, and national historic registers, both for its architectural significance and for its association with Davis Eccles, a prominent figure in Utah’s financial and business community.
Interesting Facts about the House
The house was built in the Queen Anne/Romanesque Revival style popular in the late 18th Century. “Queen Anne” means the house is asymmetrical in plan. The tower at the southwest corner of the building is also a “Queen Anne” style feature. The interior foundation for the tower may be seen in the ballroom. The rusticated sandstone, the columns on the second floor balcony and the rounded arches are features of the “Romanesque Revival” style.
Most of the windows in the house have beveled glass designs incorporated into them, the edges of each pane of glass acts as a prism when the sun shines through. Some stained glass windows may also be found in the house. An example of a stained glass may be found in the third floor skylight (a design feature to accomplish interior day lighting).
Many of the rooms in the house had fireplaces. The fireplace in the south portion of the main gallery has a divided flue; the window actually goes through the chimney. There was also a fireplace on the east wall of the dining room, which was replaced with a china cupboard at Mrs. Eccles request.